Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been struggling to adjust to the harsh light put on them by British tabloids. Although the couple has put on brave faces, during their recent documentary they admitted the criticism has taken an emotional toll on their family.

Despite the treatment they received from the media, Meghan wanted to host a drinks reception where they could chat with members of the media. However, Harry denied Meghan’s request and the social gathering never happened.

During an episode of the podcast, “Pod Save the Queen” host Ann Gripper chatted with royal commentators, Russell Myers and Richard Palmer about which royals they enjoyed traveling with. Palmer admitted his opinion has changed. “I really like Charles and Camilla, Camilla is so lovely,” he said.

“I used to love going away with Prince Harry. He always had a bit of banter and I just wish we could get back to that. I wasn’t in Africa, but people who were there, are saying the atmosphere was dripping with poison, he continued.

Myers claimed those who covered Prince Harry and Meghan’s trip to Africa had an unpleasant experience with the couple. “From the get-go, as well. Meghan doesn’t really interact, but at least she seems like she’s enjoying herself and Harry just doesn’t,” he said.

Palmer then asked about a rumor which alleged Harry rejected Meghan’s idea to host a gathering for the press. “Is it correct, that Meghan actually wanted to do some sort of drinks reception, and Harry said no?”

Myers replied, “Yes, that’s my understanding. Again, when have we ever met them, just the two of them? I find this very bizarre.”

Palmer noted that Harry’s attempt to put distance between himself and the media may be a major mistake.

“I think it’s important to say, it’s not about us as journalists, really. The fact is, senior people at the Palace still think that the majority of people are going to get their news about the Royal Family from the mainstream media for many, many years to come. Not all from Instagram,” he explained.

“It isn’t going to connect them to the people who are paying for them. That’s why I think it is important for them to still engage with the media.”

Since their documentary has aired, Meghan and Prince Harry have received both support and backlash as they continue to carry out their royal duties.

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Prince Harry and Meghan visited a Cape Town rights group fighting gender violence. POOL / Courtney AFRICA